The colors, shapes and properties of minerals vary from the bland to the magnificent. Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is a practical and authoritative handbook that is both comprehensive and easy to use.
Each of the 600 specimens is shown in full color, sometimes in two or more forms. There are also drawings that show the structure of the crystalline specimens. It covers the basics like granite, as well as oddities like meteorites and tektites.
Fossils include sponges, corals, arthropods, brachiopods, and fossil land plants.
Each is described in detail, with notes on:
color and transparency
Mineral names, chemical formulae and structural data accord to international standards. This is a very complete, but attractive and useful volume in a respected series.
Brand: Firefly Books
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book after having found a borrowed copy of the original (and virtually identical) Philip's version indispensible to me as an amateur trying to teach myself some geology and mineralogy. It holds just about as much as is possible for a book designed to be taken into and used in the field, with a more thorough and well illustrated cover of rocks, minerals and fossils than I would have thought possible in the space. In addition there are excellent brief explanatory sections on such things as crystal systems and rock formation. But the quality I admire most about it is that it is truly international and could be used with equal facility in many countries. It avoids a problem I have found with some other similar texts, which is over-emphasis on examples from the country of origin of the book, reducing apparent relevance and interest to readers elsewhere.
This is my first book on rocks & minerals. Very thorough for a novice! Would like more pictures with each entry. Otherwise, I would recommend the book.
This is a great insightful read into the world of rocks, minerals, and fossils. There are hundreds of pictures and specimens to look at. This book helps to teach you how to recognize and indentify specimens.
It is an easy read and beginner rock hounds will find it very useful.
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